Photo essay: Pouring, pondering, and penning at China National Sommelier Competition

By Jim Boyce

Posts about the China National Sommelier Competition have been, um, pouring onto this blog. Last week I posted the full results as well as an interview with Shinya Tasaki, who oversaw the judging. Next up: photos from the event. And I have a few more posts in the queue…

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Organizer Tommy Lam at 8 AM: Going over the final details.
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The ballroom is ready to go hours ahead of the lunch service portion of the contest.
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Leo Liu (Opposite House) and other candidates sip and scribble their way through the written exam.
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Jason Shi (China World Hotel) pours during the decanting test.
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Diego Zhang (Shangri-la Pudong) gives his wine picks for a five-course food menu.
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Judges Andy Tan (ASC), Matthew Ng, and Damien Shee (Torres) compile scores.
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Marcus Ford (The Wine Way) checks pouring technique during the lunch service test.
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Tommy Lam and Shinya Tasaki (ASI) pose with winner Hans Qu (Intercontinental Shenzhen).
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The judges, candidates, and sponsors get together at the end of a long day.

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